After three monster wins last weekend that included a game which was suspended due to rain, UCLA softball will host the Utah Utes at Easton Stadium in a three-game series beginning tonight at 7:00 pm PT.
Last Time Out
After Friday’s game was suspended in the middle of the third, it resumed on Saturday morning with the Beavers batting in the bottom half of the inning with the Bruins leading 10-1. Oregon State scored on an RBI triple to right which made the score 10-2, UCLA, but that’s all the offense the Beavers could manage and the game ended after five innings due to the mercy rule. Megan Faraimo picked up the win and she’s now 15-2 on the season. She gave up just two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out eight.
In the regularly scheduled contest, sophomore Holly Azevedo pitched her second complete game shutout of the season, striking out three and allowing only four hits and two walks, to extend her perfect record to 9-0 for 2019. The Bruins notched nine runs from eight players, including two home runs.
Scoring began in the second inning, when Colleen Sullivan was able to knock a single to the pitcher and advance to second on a wild pitch. Sullivan eventually scored on a Kelli Godin single. Godin then stole second and scored on an Oregon State error, making the score 2-0, Bruins.
Rachel Garcia opened the third with a walk and Stevie Wisz came in to pinch-run for her. Wisz advanced to second on a single by Taylor Pack and scored on an RBI single to right by Aaliyah Jordan, making it 3-0, UCLA.
Pack got things going in the top of the fifth with a solo homer to left field. In the top of the sixth, Halstead was hit by a pitch and Danae Blodgett came in to pinch-run for her. After Kinsley Washington singled to third, Bubba Nickles put the final nail in the coffin with a three-run homer to left center and the final score was 7-0, UCLA.
Utah comes into this series with a .341 overall win percentage and only four conference wins. Their best pitcher freshman Sydney Sandez has a 7-7 record and a 5.22 ERA. While UCLA is, by far, the better team, we don’t want to take any win for granted, considering the 3-4 loss to Oregon on April 12. But, all things considered, tonight should be an easy win for UCLA.